Dr. Whale/Ruby

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Pairing: Dr. Whale/Ruby Lucas
Alternative name(s): FrankenWolf, WhaleWolf
Gender category: Het, M/F
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Small
Monster to Monster, fan Art by Stacy (syllirium), it was showcased in the OUAT writers room in 2013.[1]
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Dr. Whale/Ruby is the het pairing of Dr. Whale (Victor Frakenstein) and Ruby (Red Riding Hood) in the Once Upon a Time fandom.


The pairing gained in popularity after season 2 when the two characters interacted, and the beginnings of a friendship was formed. With the actor who played Dr. Whale, David Anders shipping the pairing[2] However, over the intervening seasons neither character was seen on a regular basis on the show, and there was no further canon interaction, eventually resulting in Ruby being paired with someone else. Leaving fans of the pairing to continue their story in fanfiction and other fanworks.

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Modern AU: non-Storybrooke modern setting, where they meet and begin a relationship
  • Werewolf: Dr. Whale interacting with Ruby in her wolf form
  • Off Screen: although the audience did not see Ruby and Dr. Whale for large chunks of several seasons they supposedly still existed within the Storybrooke universe, so some writers will explore what their lives were like
  • Side Pairing: sometimes a featured secondary pairing in stories focused on other characters





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